The UK government are again using FEAR tactics when they say sovereign Scotland will have to negotiate new trade and defence treaties after Independence. We know that. Every newly independent nation has done the same thing and managed just fine.
This is a measure of the fear building within the UK government as they increasingly come to realise how much they will lose when they no longer have Scotland as a key resource centre within the Union.
Scotland's innovative skills, technical and cultural capabilities and the general good will in which the Scots are held globally play a significant part in the trading bonds within the Commonwealth and other nations across the globe. The Scots have always been respected and successful international traders and goodwill ambassadors and this will continue after independence - but working for Scotland rather than the UK government.
Why should Scotland inherit a share of UK debt? Scotland is solvent, there is a surplus net flow of revenues from Scotland into the UK treasury. We subsidise the UK treasury. The UK debt is generated by and for southern Britain and foreign policies which Scots do not agree with. None of this debt has been incurred in Scotland so why should we be made to pay for UK government incompetence? The Scottish Government operates a balanced budget.
The Scottish Democratic Alliance welcomes the Scottish Government proposal that a Constitution is required.
However, the Scottish Democratic Alliance believes that the people of Scotland should be aware of the options proposed in a Constitution before they Vote in the 2014 referendum.
The clearest way forward is to commence NOW to formulate and debate the content for a draft Constitution of Scotland.
If we wait until after the referendum then it is likely that the professional politicians will railroad the Constitution process to suit themselves.
A Constitutional debate is not the occasion for discussing negotiations for Scotland in Europe (European Economic Area).
The Scottish Democratic Alliance propose that there should be separate discussions on the merits of membership of the European Union (EU) or of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and that the people be given the opportunity to express their opinion by means of a referendum.
Membership of the EU has been a disaster for Scotland. With over 100,000 jobs lost in the Fishing, Farming and Manufacturing Industries and the ongoing loss of some £2 billion per year in revenues.
On the positive side, the politicians on the EU gravy train are currently averaging perks estimated at 12,000 Euros per head.
In 1707 the Scots were betrayed by “the parcel o’ rogues”. After 80 years of dedication are the nationalists going to be sold out to the European Union by their leaders?
There can be no independence for Scotland if the EU controls 70% of our sovereign rights and the UK government control our money.
The EU’s Climate & Energy package, with its very aggressive targets for renewable energy, is driving up energy costs. It is forcing millions of households and pensioners into fuel poverty. It is undermining industrial competitiveness in the UK and Europe, and driving energy-intensive businesses, with their jobs and investment, out of the EU altogether.
But it will have little or no effect on the environment, since the EU accounts for only around 13% of CO2 emissions. Meantime around the world there are some 1200 new coal-fired power stations in the pipeline.
A European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), under the EU’s Lisbon Treaty, calls for the suspension of the package until other major global emitters, like China and India, take corresponding action.